|Dear CTA Members,
I hope this message finds you safe and healthy. We know these are turbulent times. And we also know that the seeds of hope and inspiration grow best in challenging conditions.
At the direct request of the White House, CTA launched a website resource for health professionals last week, TechHealthDirectory.com. We worked with Amazon Web Services and the American Telemedicine Association to envelope the site, which features a growing list of digital health resources — from remote monitoring to telemedicine — to assist the health care industry during the coronavirus outbreak. I encourage you to visit the website and see examples of how our nation can use tech innovations to fight the pandemic.
I want you to know about my latest call to action, asking the federal government to begin a nationwide program to test people for COVID-19 antibodies. I think many Americans now benefit from some level of immunity to this virus — either they recovered from COVID-19 or are asymptomatic carriers. I was thrilled that my communication inspired The Wall Street Journal lead editorial this last Thursday. By testing and identifying those who can’t infect others or become infected, we are finding those who could could be front-line workers — helping care for our sick, protect our most vulnerable and getting our country back to work.
I want to thank all of you who took part in our recent webinars addressing the business challenges presented by the pandemic. These informative sessions have covered How to Manage Business Continuity, Coronavirus Legislation What it Means to Employers and How Companies Can Show Empathy to Employees . You’re welcome to watch recordings of those webinars or join our upcoming events in the weeks ahead.
We are preparing for the upcoming virtual (but slimmed down) CTA Tech Week, which will include our annual member meeting, and we are launching a virtual version of our Tech and Standards Forum. I encourage you to join us with any of these events.
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On what is a sacred time of year for many people, I hope we all find time and reason to give thanks. Please stay safe and as always, please feel free to send questions and comments my way.
Your Industry Representative,
President and CEO
Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®